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Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

Transitive verbs

Transitive verbs This is a verb that affects a person or an object. It indicates that something or someone different from the subject has been affected by the action represented in the verb of the sentence.

Transitive verbs need the object to be clear and to complete the sentence. For example:

Structure of a sentence with transitive verb.

Intransitive verbs

This is a verb that can indicate an action without the necessity of an object.

In other words, an intransitive verb doesn't affect a person or an object because it doesn't go from a subject to an object, as the transitive verbs do.

This verb can be followed by an adverb or an adjective; however, these elements are not considered objects. Here's an example:

Structure of a sentence with an intransitive verb.

Keep in mind that verbs can be transitive or intransitive according to your needs as a speaker and what you aim to communicate.

Let's observe the following examples:

Table of verbs as transitive or intransitive.


  • Transitive and Intransitive Verbs
  • Relative clauses
  • Defining and non defining clauses
  • Reporting verbs
  • Reported speech
  • Transitive and Intransitive Verbs
  • Relative clauses
  • Defining and non defining clauses
  • Reporting verbs
  • Reported speech